Our History


25 years ago, this year, Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity opened its doors to provide affordable housing solutions for those community members needing a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. Throughout the years, our programs have expanded to include a new exterior home preservation program called A Brush with Kindness. We have served over 30 families through these programs and hope to serve many more community members through affordable housing solutions in the future. 


At Habitat, we believe no matter who you are or where you come from, we all deserve to feel strong and stable each day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. The benefits of a safe, affordable home is something that impacts future generations of Habitat homeowners. 


Habitat History: Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. The Fullers wanted to address poverty housing on a global scale through “partnership housing”. The Fullers' concept of partnership housing centers on those in need of adequate shelter working side-by-side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Habitat’s no profit and no interest financing is affordable. And the “Fund for Humanity” (homeowner mortgage payments, no-profit loans, and fundraising dollars) provides the capital needed to build.


Today Habitat for Humanity has completed more than one million homes around the world, completing the construction or repair of a home at the rate of every 5.5 minutes.

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Our Staff

Mandy Martin Executive Director

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Mandy joined the staff in April 2019, after serving 6 years as the Operations Manager with Northwest Michigan Habitat. She has a Masters in Management from Davenport University and recently completed a CMA Certificate. Mandy firmly believes in the work Habitat is doing and the lasting impact a safe, affordable home can have on a family for generations to come. 

Robert Bruce ReStore Manager

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Melissa Tallman ReStore Assistant Manager

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Executive Committee

Richard Kowalczyk Board President

Richard joined the Board of Directors in 2015 after volunteering in other capacities for over 10 years. He has served on numerous committees including finance and homeowner services. You will often find Richard and his wife Barb helping out in whatever way they can in the community. 

Carol Sherwood Board Vice President

Carol joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and has served on many committees supporting the Habitat mission. When Carol is not helping out at Habitat, you can find her serving on the board of Salvation Army and Ottawa Park. She is very active in the Cheboygan community. 

Betty Schaefer Board Treasurer

Betty joined the Board of Directors in 2008 and has been active in most parts of the organization from serving as the Treasurer to helping on the job site and planning our Annual Banquet. Betty is very active in the Cheboygan community volunteers with her church and VITA. 

Board Members

Amy Carter

 Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and has been working at Straits Area Services for 19 years. She has been serving as the Executive Director for the last 3 years. Amy holds an MBA and is very active with Habitat and the Cheboygan community. 

Nicole Drake

Nicole joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and currently works as the Senior Vice President at Citizens National Bank. She has served as the Board President and on numerous committees during her time on the board. Nicole is very active in the Cheboygan community. 

Mattie Blaskowski

Mattie joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and has served on many of our committees. Mattie is instrumental in helping us with our Annual Banquet Fundraiser.  When Mattie is not helping us out she is very active with the Task Force for Cheboygan Catholic Community. 

Melissa Bridges

Melissa joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and currently works as a lawyer at Bodman Law Firm. She has assisted our local Habitat and surrounding Habitat affiliates with policy review and other legal matters. 

Elinore Barney

Elinore joined the Board of Directors in 2013. When she is not busy sitting on one of our committees, you can find her active in the Indian River community. She volunteers her time at the Free Clinic in Indian River. 

Our Finanicals

06/30/2018 - 990 CCHFH (pdf)

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06/30/2018 - Audited Financial Statements CCHFH (pdf)

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06/30/2017 - 990 CCHFH (pdf)

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06/30/2017 - Audited Financial Statements CCHFH (pdf)

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06/30/2016 - 990 CCHFH (pdf)

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06/30/2016 - Audited Financial Statements CCHFH (pdf)

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